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Gov. Pence: Staffers Shouldn’t Have Deleted Facebook Comments
Some Hoosier residents reported that their comments on his Facebook page about same-sex marriage were deleted despite no vulgar language or the like.
UPDATE, June 28, 2013, 5 p.m.: A Facebook page called I Got Blocked By Governor Mike Pence for stating my Opinion now has more than 1,000 “likes.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is playing defense politically after his administration looked into allegations from Hoosier ciitzens that some of his staffers deleted contrary comments in response to a post on his official Facebook page. That dispatch had reaffirmed his belief that “ and arrived on the heels of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. SCOTUS had opened the door for same-sex marriage to be reimplemented as law in the face of California’s Proposition 8.
Facebook users who disagreed with Pence’s position angrily assailed him with their own original posts via that social-media channel and by commenting time and again on his page.
Pence did not backtrack, however, from his previous post’s statements, which included these foreshadowing words: “Now that the Supreme Court has had its say on the federal government’s role in defining marriage, the people of Indiana should have their say about how marriage is understood and defined in our state. … I am confident that Hoosiers will reaffirm our commitment to traditional marriage
On April 5, U.S. senator Joe Donnelly voiced his support for what he termed “marriage equality.”
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